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CRW2 Unit 2 Education

March 21, 2018

The homework for next Monday is as follows:

If you were president for a day and could change the educational system in ONE way, how would you change it?

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  1. Koreano permalink
    March 23, 2018 11:09 pm

    If I were a president for a day and could change the educational system just like America’s education. What I mean here is giving students the options what subjects they are going to take. For example, there are more than six subjects those are compulsory courses in Korea. That is too much subjects to learn everything during the high school. However, students from high school in United States choose the courses they want take and learn and they also have compulsory couses but those are not too much, enough to make it. The reason that I want to change this way is because this way makes students to have more opportunities to experience the courses they want more deeply. This would help students to have more expert knowledges about what they want and what they want to be in the future.

  2. minions permalink
    March 25, 2018 1:33 pm

    First, I will abolish the national college entrance exam. I assure Korean educational problems originate from that exam. Due to the exam, Students only memorize the key point over and over. Students hardly discuss about any subject and just wrote down what teacher said. Also, they usually forgot about knowledge they memorized. After the exam, they don’t have to study anymore, except for a subject of a major. All things must be forgotten if we don’t repeat it. Therefore, I will change passive educational system to active one. Students participate in debate or discussion expressing their own idea. By exchange mutual thinking, they can make create thinking which is necessary factor in studying.

  3. Pen permalink
    March 25, 2018 3:27 pm

    I don’t like current educational system whose objective is just make students’ test score high. At school, Korean students mainly learn how to solve examination questions. They don’t want to learn more knowledge, they just want to get the high grade for college. In addition to that, in the class, teacher just talked and students just listen. This teaching method is so boring to students. As a result, many students don’t have an interest in studying or learning. Therefore, if i could change the educational system, I would like to make students enjoy learning something. I would increase the proportion of practice or field learning in the class so that students take an interest in learning.

  4. March 25, 2018 6:12 pm

    I would like to standardize questions and answers of essay tests called ‘Non-sul’, one of the university entrance examinations in Korea. Each university presently has its own styles of Non-sul questions and requires students to write answers conformed to the styles. In addition, academies for Non-sul respectively charge for classes according to which university a class sets its sights on. Consequently, students who prepare several Non-sul exams need to spend excessive money on university application, which is a great financial burden to general family.
    Therefore, I want to make some models of Non-sul questions with experts who know how to effectively evaluate students within limited variations of the questions. In order to realize this, I would force universities to strictly follow these examples without considerable changes. If it is possible, the economic pressures of students and their family would be reduced significantly, because there would be no necessity to pay for academies’ classes of each university. Also, students will be able to concentrate more on academic studies, such as Korean, English, and Mathematics, which are more decisive factors in passing entrance exams.
    In this regard, I think this change in Non-sul exams would be much more beneficial than the current Non-sul, to develop the educational system of Korea.

  5. mushroom permalink
    March 25, 2018 6:38 pm

    If I were a president for a day, I would change the College Scholastic Ability Test system. The current test system determines student’s university and even the future for a day. If the student is sick or not in a good condition, she/he probably can’t do well on test. Therefore, students suffer a lot of stress and even take second or third test for several years. Because of this, I’ll make the test to be held for 4 times. Some people might say that 4 times are so many. However, If students can take tests for 4 times, they can select the best two scores and apply suitable university for them. Also they would be less stressful for the tests. On the first half, tests will be held on March and June, on the second half, tests will be held on August and November. After they take the first test, they will notice what the weak points they have and prepare appropriately.

  6. W2FFY permalink
    March 25, 2018 8:13 pm

    One of the biggest problem of Korean education is that the imagination, creation or other things built up easily in carefree surroundings could be disregarded. As I did it, Korean high school students change their lives by taking ‘Suneung’ for just one day. And for that test, they study hard Korean, English and math in priority up all night. Among other things, the Korean education system of English is notorious for useless at practical aspects. Because this system ask for the student that they should learn it only for examination like solving a math problem not language itself. On this account, communicating with foreigner over 5 minutes is beyond their capacities ultimately for most university student of Korea, even they graduate. At least, I think, the Korean education system of English should be reformed pragmatically for communication.

  7. hong permalink
    March 25, 2018 8:37 pm

    If I were a president, I would seek for change in Korea’s educational system. Education should reflect the reality in that society. I think one of today’s values could be ‘practicality’, and it should apply to the teaching method in Korea. With the practical teaching method, students would solve problems with their application ability, not just memorization, and finally they would be able to use the knowledge in any situation. Their achievement, furthermore, would be evaluated by field experiences and student-centered activities like role play, discussion, and so on. Additionally, I would stimulate their practical and effective learning with the development of IT. Distant learning and home schooling could be its examples. Perhaps it could be problems that a teacher can’t check students’ understanding or concentration, and communicate with them. These problems, however, might be improved by introducing live chat and internet bulletin board. To sum up, I would boost Korea’s education in a practical way.

  8. BabyDriver permalink
    March 25, 2018 9:40 pm

    Few months ago, I watched the documentary about How Jewish people study. It was quite astonishing idea that when Jewish study at the library with speaking what they are studying with partner. Speak loudly and explain what is the subject with friends. Also, Interestingly, documentary showed a result of experiment on Korean students that studying with this speaking method surpass studying quietly alone at the library. Traditionally, Korean studying is focused on one-way lecture, not an event that all the members of class join. Then, review the notes that taken in the class. This is the common way of learning. If I become a president, I would like to introduce this unfamiliar method. Talking and discussion could be more effective than old way of learning. This method enables students to have self-analyzing, organizing their ideas and discovering completely new perspectives.

  9. Pen permalink
    March 25, 2018 10:47 pm

    I don’t like current educational system whose objective is just make students’ test score high. At school, Korean students mainly learn how to solve examination questions. They don’t want to learn more knowledge, they just want to get the high grade for college. In addition to that, in the class, teacher just talked and students just listen. This teaching method is so boring to students. As a result, many students don’t have an interest in studying or learning. Therefore, if i could change the educational system, I would like to make students enjoy learning something. I would increase the proportion of practice or field learning in the class so that students take an interest in learning. 

  10. Daisy permalink
    March 25, 2018 10:59 pm

    If I were a president, I would like to change the excessive competition system in Korean education. An appropriate competition with peers helps students accomplish academic achievements well, but Korean competition in education is too excessive to cause problems. In Korea, students take a nationwide test every three months to rank and grade them from 1 to 9. In addition high school teachers use this grade to give preferential treatment such as providing a personal reading room or special tutoring to some students who get high grades in the test. Like this, students are constantly graded and received preferential treatment or discrimination. This cause extreme stress to immature teenagers and may even lower academic achievement. Therefore if I become Korean president, I want to pursue proper competition, not excessive competition like now. I would introduce an absolute assessment system instead of the current relative assessment system and strictly prohibit the use of grades to favor or discriminate against a particular student.

  11. snow permalink
    March 25, 2018 11:20 pm

    If I am the president, I would like to change the assessment method. First, there are two kinds of assessments that most students experience. It is a norm-referenced assessment and a criterion-referenced assessment. Personally I think that a criterion-referenced assessment is a desirable method of assessment. Because the current assessment method is too relativistic, so there is a great deal of stress on students’ academic achievement due to overheating competition.

    It seems to meet the ultimate goal of assessment because the criterion-referenced assessment does not rank students relative to each other and evaluates students by absolute criteria. In my opinion, the ultimate goal of the assessment is to check how well a learner understands what he/she has learned. Also an assessment should an opportunity for a teacher to help the students’ learning by providing appropriate feedback on the results.

    Through criterion-referenced assessment, the student can know what he or she lacks in his or her learning, and the teacher can check the progress of the student’s learning and provide appropriate instructional support. It is like killing two birds with one stone for both students and teachers.

  12. lalala permalink
    March 26, 2018 12:12 am

    I want to reduce the time the students are at school. In high school, usually students spend about 8 hours – mostly from 9am to 5pm-sitting at the chairs, which is really physically and mentally demanding. Maintaining the same posture, some students are suffering from the health problems like back pain, indigestion and so on. Students don’t have enough time to exercise and sleep because school starts early and ends late. Likewise, they don’t have enough time to relieve stress by meeting their friends or enjoying their hobbies.

    Considering all these problems, it’s meaningless to stay at school for a long time. It only decrease the efficiency of learning. In addition, according to OECD statistics, South Korean students spend the longest time studying but the subjective happiness index of young people is the lowest among 22 OECD member countries. Students should have more time to take a break for their health and happiness.

  13. lalala permalink
    March 26, 2018 12:32 am

    I want to reduce the time students are at school. In high school, usually students spend about 8 hours – mostly from 9am to 5pm-sitting at the chairs, which is really physically and mentally demanding. Maintaining the same posture, some students are suffering from the health problems like back pain, indigestion and so on. Students don’t have enough time to exercise and sleep because school starts early and ends late. Likewise, they don’t have enough time to relieve stress by meeting their friends or enjoying their hobbies.

    Considering all these problems, it’s meaningless to stay at school for a long time. It only decrease the efficiency of learning. In addition, according to OECD statistics, South Korean students spend the longest time studying but the subjective happiness index of young people is the lowest among 22 OECD member countries. Students should have more time to take a break for their health and happiness.

  14. hola permalink
    March 26, 2018 1:06 am

    The current educational system in Korea is generally one-sided, especially in middle and high schools. Teachers teach the fixed contents and students just accept and memorize them. I also learned in this way before I entered a university. And it has many disadvantages. First, most students are unable to criticize and passive. Second, it is hard for them to make some creative ideas. Last, students can’t understand the contents easily because they just try to memorize them.
    If I were a president, therefore, I would like to change this cramming education into a communicating and interactive education. In class, teachers should make students talk about how a theory was happened instead of teaching it right away. Also, students should share their ideas about it. It is a much more effective educational system than the cramming education. By discussing, students can understand some theories easily. Also, they can develop their creativity and ability to think and criticize. And they will become active than before. These are necessary abilities in social life so it will also bring many benefits to society.
    In short, I want to change the one-sided education into the communicating education. It is an unfamiliar education in South Korea, but it will help students and society a lot.

  15. Ted permalink
    March 26, 2018 1:24 am

    If I would be a president for one day, I’ll change some curriculums of English education of this country. From grammar centered education to speech centered education. Students in Korea are learning just written words in their books, so called died language. Although their grammar skills and listening abilities are quite good, they have difficulty to speak aloud their thoughts or opinions in English. An ultimate purpose of learning language is in communicating with each other. Not just for entering university. Therefore, school must give enough opportunities to children for being exposed to speaking. Discussion or presentation about specific topic containing current affairs would be helpful to improve their speaking ability.

  16. Unknown permalink
    March 26, 2018 2:59 am

    If I were president who could change the educational system, I would like to make educational contents more authentic and practical. South Korean education has remained an issue for its too abstract and theoretical content. There is nothing students can do but do a meaningless rote memorization since the contents are distant from real life. That is, students should study without knowing the reason why they have to learn the contents, and it becomes burdensome to the students to learn them. This problem significantly influences not only on students’ learning motive but on students’ ingenuity and problem-solving capability. Contents and questions that are far from reality do not give students the opportunity to think for themselves. Even though the students are able to correct the answers, therefore, it is hard to them to use the contents to develop their creativity and problem-solving capability needed in reality.

    To resolve this problem, I would introduce reality-based exercises and technology helping students access to realistic situations. For instance, I could make a role playing exercise about a trial on a current issues in law and politics class. Students will be able to have a high motivation to study and to know how the contents of textbook are adjusted in real life. Since this role playing let students be in an unexpected and instant situation, they will also be able to develop their creativity and problem-solving capability. Introducing tehconology such as VR(Virtual Reality) is a good way to give students the opportunity to experience a real situation indirectly. Put in the virtual-realistic circumstances, students can be interested in learning and be imaginative.

    I expect the change I will make to lead students to be more vivid, to have multifarious interests to their society, and to have their own aims.

  17. baskinrobbins permalink
    March 26, 2018 4:16 am

    In my opinion, one of the biggest problems about Korea’s education system is that students can’t choose what they want to study. Diversity is disregarded, and students only learn the subjects they need for college entrance exams. So if I were president for a day and could change the educational system in one way, I would like to make students take courses that they want. In this way, students will be more willing to participate in classes. By participating actively in classes, students can develop their expertise in the subject and this can positively affect their career path.
    With these reasons, I would like to make students take courses that they want to learn.

  18. Hola permalink
    March 26, 2018 10:51 am

    The current educational system in Korea is generally one-sided, especially in middle and high schools. Teachers teach the fixed contents and students just accept and memorize them. I also learned in this way before I entered a university. And it has many disadvantages. First, most students are unable to criticize and passive. Second, it is hard for them to make some creative ideas. Last, students can’t understand the contents easily because they just try to memorize them.
    If I were a president, therefore, I would like to change this cramming education into a communicating and interactive education. In class, teachers should make students talk about how a theory was happened instead of teaching it right away. Also, students should share their ideas about it. It is a much more effective educational system than the cramming education. By discussing, students can understand some theories easily. Also, they can develop their creativity and ability to think and criticize. And they will become active than before. These are necessary abilities in social life so it will also bring many benefits to society.
    In short, I want to change the one-sided education into the communicating education. It is an unfamiliar education in South Korea, but it will help students and society a lot.

  19. pikachu permalink
    March 26, 2018 11:00 am

    Korean students lack the skills to prove their claims. They are used to memorizing certain contents and solving problems by using it. It is, however, vulnerable to establishing self-assertions about problems without answers, explaining the reasons, or proving a suitable example. If I become a president, I want to introduce discussion education. Discussion allows you to organize your thoughts, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your logic, and to make conclusive conclusions. If we introduce discussion education from elementary school education, children will become accustomed to thinking deeply and it will become easier to make self-assertion. It is important to express opinions clearly.

  20. Apple pie permalink
    March 26, 2018 12:11 pm

    The current education of Korea, espcially college entrance system suneung, assesses students just by one singular exam. One exam judges the whole academic years which is about 12 years from primary school to high school. This indicates that no matter how well the students did during their academic years, if they do not well on the college entrance system, they are in no use at all. There are many factors that might badly affect on students on the examination day. Therefore, if I get a chance to change the current system of Korean education, i would try to assess students not just by single exam, but more based on academic results that they showed during their 12 years of hardship.All their efforts should be included in the assessment. Also, the students should be given at least 2 or 3 opportunities for the test, and their best result should be considered as their result.

  21. March 26, 2018 12:42 pm

    If I were president, I would change into the high school credit system. High school credit system is the educational policy that high school students have some classes by enrolling courses. In this policy, government makes only Korean, math, English mandatory part of the CSAT and students can choose other subjects that they want to learn such as art, physical, social and science. It is simply not divided into liberal arts and natural sciences. It not only makes students find their interests and develop the aptitudes but also, helps students try to accomplish some goals. They will actively participate in class through this system. In addition, if government does establish clear guideline, subjects may be not biased and students wouldn’t have trouble learning what they should know. Nowadays, Korean students have confused completely different type of class when they went to college. Because students only take multiple-choice test in high school whereas, many universities require participation and presentation to them. For this reason, high school credit system helps adjust to this and interact with many friends who are interested in same parts.

  22. kordk6 permalink
    March 26, 2018 12:48 pm

    Korean students always suffered from score grading system. They have to get more great score than other students and if they don’t, they divide into their score. Low score students have to go low level school. Of course low level students didn’t study enough, so score shows result of one’s effort. But I think that judge someone from one’s score is not fair. There are many talented people and Korea has strong gap between the rich and poor. For example, a needy family’s children can’t have private education, but wealthiest family’s children can have any private education from an infant. Thus, Korea is given inevitable discrimination before it is subjected to many discrimination. So I will remove score discrimination and change segregation if I can change the educational system.

  23. dodge permalink
    March 26, 2018 12:51 pm

    Currently, education in Korea is mainly memorized. If I become president, I would like to introduce a method like the Bacalorea which is a French entrance qualification examination rather than a memorization. “Bacalorea”, the representative education system in France, is a test to enter the university. unlike korea, bacalorea does not ‘rank’ colleges. If you pass the Bacalorea, you can choose the university you want to go to, regardless of your score. Bacalorea is a common subject with a philosophy and students have to develop their own ideas logically. In order to take these tests, students will not need to study hard like English,math,korean. In this process, students can broaden their thoughts and have various thoughts while discussing with people. In the future, I think that it is important to use learned knowledge and to logically express thoughts rather than simply memorizing knowledge.

  24. Apple permalink
    March 26, 2018 2:40 pm

    Many Korean students have trouble in finding their aptitude under the current educational system. They just study same designated subjects together and rush into college. Because it is very competitive to enter a good university, students spend all their time on just learning theories and taking tests on the desk. Besides, after going to college, they get to choose their major without any career exploration and then start studying again. That’s why so many graduates still fail to find a career without any clear dream job in their mind. Therefore, I’d like to change Korean educational system by letting students have far more chances of finding their interests and aptitude. In other words, various vocational education should be increased instead of the time for theory classes which is too much, and which only gives monotonous knowledge to all different students. I believe it is never late to learn more things after making sure what they want to study and which job they want to get.

  25. Seungyeon Kim permalink
    March 26, 2018 4:17 pm

    If I were a president an one day, I would reduce the number of private educational institutions and their power in Korea. Students of South Korea rely on the private educational institutions greatly. I do not think it is students’ fault; the educational system of South Korea encourage students to go to the private educational institutions. It is not wrong to go to the private educational institutions. However, many students and even their parents think them as sine qua non. Sadly, in really schools can not afford good education as private educational institutions do. I want to give more power and spend many budget into the schools therefore they can provide good education as better than the private educational institutions. By doing this, we can solve also the problem of low-birth-rate in South Korea. One of the reasons of not having babies is because of great private education expenses. If students could get good education in schools, they would not go to the private education institutions and the cost of private education expenses would be decreased naturally.

  26. Celeste permalink
    March 26, 2018 10:27 pm

    *I told you I had made a mistake to print this homework!!

    I would like to change our club system. In Korean school, especially in high school, it is impossible to participate actively in non-study clubs such as painting, cheer leading, sport, music, etc. We can do club activities only once or twice in a month, one or two hours. Once, I’ve heard from my Kiwi friend about her club activities. The school itself had good system and facilities for clubs, and supported them to encourage activities. Also, we can see other western countries’ students enjoy their club activities in media. If students can join in clubs more actively, they could eliminate their stress and it might be helpful to decide their future job. In addition, students should experience lots of things besides studying in adolescence to improve their creativity. Locking up students in class and forcing them to study only limit them to dream.

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